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Do you know what a Barn Quilt is? A barn quilt is a large piece of wood that is painted to look like a quilt block in all different patterns and colors. The name implies that an entire quilt is painted onto the wood, but generally is only a single quilt block. The size of the squares vary, but usually, they measure 8 feet although they could be any size.. After they are painted, these blocks are hung on the exterior of a barn, house, garage or other building. The majority of barn quilts are comprised of simple geometric shapes, like squares, rectangles and triangles. Most are easy to create. They usually are painted in solid colors, but , you’ll come across one that has been painted to look like printed fabric. The simplicity in shape and the vibrancy of solid colors make these blocks easily seen from afar. If they are too complicated, the details can be lost. The earliest versions of barn quilts have been around for hundreds of years. Just as fabric quilts have their own unique history, so do barn quilts. While barns were not painted back in the day, they were decorated with different types of folk art. This included quilt blocks once paint was readily available and affordable. People chose certain blocks to reflect particular meanings. In the early 2000s, barn quilts start showing up again, and these are the ones we are used to seeing today. This is also when the first quilt trail began, originating in Ohio. A quilt trail consists of many barn quilts that are mapped together and visited. Those following along the trail receive a map with all of the locations marked, and viewers drive through the countryside to see all of the blocks. Today there are quilt trails all over the United States.